Having skipped the S3 Volleyball Tournament dedicated to children and launched at the end of the “Bear School Volley” project that should have taken place today at PalaPajetta, the 18th edition of Bear Wool Volley is also at great risk. The international youth tournament scheduled for next week (from 3 to 5) could in fact be postponed again due to the pandemic. In the past few hours, the leaders of the association that brings together all the Biella volleyball clubs had to meet to make a final decision. «I cannot hide that the situation is delicate – confides the president of Bear Wool Volley Ezio Germanetti -. The infections are increasing, we have registered the defection of some teams and the latest government news excludes the possibility of consuming food in gyms ». Among the teams forced to retire there are a couple of Swiss teams and those of Gaglianico, where there are cases of preventive quarantine.
The event should have brought together 66 teams (in 2020 there were 115), of which 42 for women and 24 for men, while “we had to immediately give up the tournament reserved for the Special Olympics – concludes Germanetti – because starting in any case late in the organization , there had not been the material time for the development of this category ». The first decision taken by the organizing staff concerns the postponement of the Mini Tournament: in these conditions the huge party (the participants would have been over two hundred) would have had a different flavor. «We decided to postpone it because“ common sense ”told us not to risk it – explains the vice president of the Bear Wool Volley association, Giusi Cenedese -. And then, since this event is for the children of Biella, nothing prevents us from recovering it in the spring, when the situation has improved. For this reason we specify that the event is postponed to a later date and not “canceled”. We will talk about it later ». The project had been promoted at the time to make the game of volleyball known to the youngest, involving all the Biella sports clubs with eighteen coaches who, from September onwards, periodically supported the school teachers to teach their students the basics of this sport. «In the event initially scheduled for today and now moved to 2022, we would have made two hundred children between 6 and 10 years play volleyball, with the rules of the Fipav S3 promotional project – concludes Cenedese. For them it would have been a big party and for us the conclusion of an “investment” in which we strongly believe, because those children are our future. For this reason, I repeat it again, I say that we will return ».